The Kathy Kallick Band, one of the top bluegrass bands in the country, makes a Labor Day Weekend stop at The Mainstay in Rock Hall, Maryland on Friday September 2 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20. For information and reservations call 410-639-9133. Information is also available at the Mainstay’s website https://www.mainstayrockhall.org.
Kathy Kallick is a legend in bluegrass: one of the great bluegrass bandleaders, composers and vocalists. In 2015, she released her 20th album, Foxhounds which has spent many weeks at #1 on the Roots Music Report list and is now #2 on the Bluegrass Unlimited charts (the National Bluegrass Survey).
Her recordings include nearly 150 of her original songs and she has been among the elite of contemporary songwriters and singers since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons nearly 40 years ago. Along the way, she has won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe and has had five title tracks and albums, Call Me A Taxi, Walkin’ In My Shoes, Warmer Kind Of Blue, Between the Hollow and the High-Rise, and Time, each spend a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts. She has written and recorded award-winning music for children and families and toured throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.
Kellick and her band are based along the West Coast from San Francisco to Alaska. Their innovative bluegrass honors tradition and yet is contemporary in sound and vision and they are known for their solid, hard-driving mix of originals and classics. The band features Kathy Kallick on guitar and vocals; Annie Staninec on fiddle and vocals; Cary Black on acoustic bass and vocals; Greg Booth on dobro, banjo and vocals; and Tom Bekeny on mandolin and vocals. Their instrumental work is dazzling and inventive and the vocals, whether 5-part harmonies or solos are extraordinary.
Her new recording, Foxhounds, is a collection of new and traditional bluegrass. Its title track describes an evening kellick once spent on Bill Monroe’s porch listening to the high lonesome sound of his foxhounds in the distance.
This will be a wonderful evening of bluegrass, a powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring the band’s distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities. The band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing. The material is compelling, the tone ranges from humorous to bittersweet to soulful, the instrumental playing is dazzling and the vocals luminous. It is, as the band says “hot bluegrass and cool originals.”
The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street.